A shouted “Go girls, g-g-go-go-go! / We girls gonna take control!” refrain in the opening moments evokes the Spice Girls‘ “Wannabe,” while a crystalline dance beat with hyper-processed vocals leads into the elegantly simple chorus: “All I want is something new / Something I can hold onto / I don’t wanna talk, I just wanna dance / Baby let it drop, catch me if you can.”
Given Girls Aloud’s typical style of delirious, nonsensical lyrics, this is an unusually accessible riff, and it makes “Something New” feel more radio-friendly than the zany, patchwork sound that’s become the group’s signature. But that’s not a bad thing. Given that this may be the group’s final single before disbanding for good, they’re certainly going out on a high note, with a track that feels quintessentially Aloud but retooled for 2012.
Listen to “Something New” below.